Guns are the underlying problem
The unrest related to Keith Lamont Scott’s death is blamed on racism and a lack of social justice, which are valid. But there is also an underlying cause of Scott’s shooting and the many shootings this year in Charlotte: the direct relationship between gun violence and gun ownership.
Scott was shot because the policeman was afraid of being shot himself. In other words, he was shot in self-defense. If any of you think that policemen don’t get shot and killed, go look at the statue of their fallen dead on the courthouse lawn.
America has more guns per capita than any other country in the world and therefore, more gun violence.
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Until we restrict gun ownership so that every policeman does not face the very real possibility of being shot, Scott’s shooting will be replicated repeatedly, regardless of the efforts made in addressing poverty, racism and social justice.
Robert D. Culbertson, Charlotte
The U.N. might like Iceland better
In response to “Move UN out of NYC. To Iceland, maybe?” (Sept. 22 Forum):
Ed Carlson’s comments suggesting that the relocation of the United Nations to Reykjavik, Iceland would be a type of punishment for U.N. delegates reflects the kind of uninformed assumptions causing so many problems all over this country and around the world. Reykjavik is a wonderful, beautiful, clean, uncrowded place — just like the rest of Iceland — and the people are friendly and treat each other decently. Odds are, most of the U.N. delegates would appreciate the drastic change, especially if the logistics made it harder for some of the world’s more disruptive elected officials to drop in for visits.
Lee Sullivan, Mooresville
Trump’s rhetoric is a dissapointment
President Trump recently pledged to “totally destroy” North Korea.
Where have we heard this before and what was the result? Remember talk of bombing North Vietnam back to the Stone Age, and similar rhetoric? And what was the result of that?
I thought that President Trump promised a non-interventionist foreign policy that would be a welcome change to the never-ending wars that have dominated recent U.S. actions in this area. Sad to say, President Trump has disappointed me on this issue.
Stephen V. Gilmore,
Stephen Curry was raised right!
Often letters are published from people reminding us of the importance of the values taught at home. I usually want to remind those writers that so many factors are an integral part of maintaining a residence, making ends meet, paying doctor bills, and clothing children that sometimes surviving takes precedence over most other things. However, in celebration of homes and the values taught therein I would like to personally and publicly thank Dell and Sonya Curry for setting an example for us all. Stephen thrills me on the basketball court, but he thrills my soul for speaking loudly about the right and wrong in our country today.
Jim Icard, Kannapolis
Will Trump call out all disrespect of flag?
I was struck by the hypocrisy of President Trump calling out NFL players for taking a knee at football games as being disrespectful to our American flag and national anthem. Well President Trump, I really wish you would have spoken out and viewed the American flag being carried inches away from the Confederate flag and the Nazi flag in that disgusting white supremacist march in Charlottesville, as a true sign of disrespect to our flag and a national disgrace. Those other flags represent no standing governments and represent governments that our American flag was forced to beat down in wars. They should never be displayed anywhere near our American flag.
Perhaps if President Trump had a grasp of American history he might better respect our historic traditions and freedoms.
Joanne G. Webster,
I won’t watch NFL protests
Sadly I turned off the Panthers/Saints gamethe second I saw the Saints players sitting on the bench for our national anthem. I will not watch a team that cannot give two minutes to the country that has given them so much. We are not perfect, but we are working on it. There are other ways they can express their concerns. I am also disappointed in the NFL for supporting their First Amendment rights while not supporting those same rights if they celebrate in the end zone. To the Panthers players and organization I apologize.
Richard Stiles Darlington, Charlotte